In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
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While most team managers watch the races on TV, either from inside the team car or at the finish, Quick Step Floors head Patrick Lefevere decided to do something different, watching Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne play out from a helicopter, piloted by his son Thomas.
Lefevere offered Het Laatste Nieuws the opportunity to ride in the helicopter for the race, giving the crew inside commentary.
“The champion of Belgium has not yet adjusted to the team,” he said after noticing Philipe Gilbert out the back of the main group.”He always rides on the back. That does not suit us.”
Just as if he were in a team car directing the team, he did not pull any punches on critiquing his team’s performance.
“Before, we were dominant. I believe that today we too underperformed on the course.”
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